Your Guide to His & Her Decorating
You did it! You made the choice as a couple to get a home together. What a big step and leap of faith I might add. While all this excitement is going on, it’s time to settle down and unpack.
Then you stop and realize, “did he really bring that poster from his bachelor pad?” or “is she serious about those pink throw pillows?”
Decorating together takes compromise. You’re not going to agree on everything, so find a median or a “safe zone” that you’re both comfortable with.
Sit down together and gather some ideas. One of you has Pinterest, right? Use it! It’s a great tool to brainstorm which styles you both like or don’t like.
Look at different colors for different rooms and create an outline. Look through the kind of décor you both love or hate. Decide what you’re willing to work with and what is an absolute “no”.
After you have an idea of the style you both are going for, it’s time to go through everything you both already have. Now, you can create piles or use some kind of color system for what you’re going to keep, sell, donate, trash, etc.
This may be the most difficult thing to do especially if there’s some emotional attachment to something the other person absolutely hates.
If you have some old furniture that just needs a little TLC, spruce it up! Paint it, sand it, decorate it, do whatever you need to in order to make it fit right in. In addition to refurbishing old stuff, go out and buy some new stuff.
I know sometimes your budget doesn’t allow for absolutely brand new stuff, but as the saying goes, “One man’s trash is another man’s treasure.” Don’t be afraid to go to the thrift store or a yard sale to find something to put in your new home.
Bonus: Yard sales are popular this time of year. Yay!
One last important thing
Find balance in your home. One of you may be tempted to give in to everything the other one says because you love each other that much, but let’s face it, that’s just not fair. Your home reflects your personality so make sure both of your personalities shine through.
How have you and your significant other compromise on how your home was decorated? I'd LOVE to hear about it!